Black History Month Inspiration - Prince "Reflection" (Live w/ Wendy Melvoin)

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Prince was a big Joni fan. When I fell into Joni’s music and learned that he was a fan, it made me feel closer to him and like we knew something that others didn’t. It made listening to Joni’s music feel like a shared experience because I could imagine him digging particular lines she sang or chords she played. I noticed in the linear notes of Prince’s album “Dirty Mind” he thanks “Joni” which upon my first reading of it was odd. Now it’s not. It was a wink to her and to people like me. Now the Joni reference is heartwarming, because he wanted to send a message to someone who inspired him. I hope to do the same.

For Today’s BHM series post, I am sharing a live performance of a song by Prince that is soooo JONI <3. The phrasing, the storytelling , the melancholy chords…it all reminds me of her…but it’s him in his voice as an established artist who’s looking back at the past, reflecting. It’s Beautiful.
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Sidenote: I wrote a Wendy & Lisa / Prince fan fiction story if you want to stay on this trip